Coffman Rejects Integrating Pioneer Hall

President Lotus Coffman sent this reply to the All University Council’s Committee on Negro Discrimination in response to its eight page report calling on the president to allow one African American male student to integrate Pioneer Hall.  They laid out the legal arguments for integration, and the growing number of institutions in the North that had integrated housing.  Coffman rejects their suggestion on behalf of the Board of Regents and acknowledges that there are issues around housing.  Secretly, members of his administration were hoping to create segregated housing for African American males.

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